A Fortune for Your Disaster (Paperback)

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A Fortune for Your Disaster will gently put you in your place—well, maybe not so gently, but with a sensitivity that is as authentic as it is unique. In this new collection of poetry and prose Abdurraqib’s language is written bare, sparing no emotion as his words artfully tumble across the page in varied rhythms, sticking each landing with heart-wrenching accuracy. His elegies on love, loss, friendship, kinship, and multitudes of despair soar, each word sticking with you like a drop of sweat that finds its home on the nape of your neck during an unforgettable summer night. -Blair

— From Fall Booknotes 2019


"When an author's unmitigated brilliance shows up on every page, it's tempting to skip a description and just say, Read this Such is the case with this breathlessly powerful, deceptively breezy book of poetry." --Booklist, Starred Review

In his much-anticipated follow-up to The Crown Ain't Worth Much, poet, essayist, biographer, and music critic Hanif Abdurraqib has written a book of poems about how one rebuilds oneself after a heartbreak, the kind that renders them a different version of themselves than the one they knew. It's a book about a mother's death, and admitting that Michael Jordan pushed off, about forgiveness, and how none of the author's black friends wanted to listen to "Don't Stop Believin'." It's about wrestling with histories, personal and shared. Abdurraqib uses touchstones from the world outside--from Marvin Gaye to Nikola Tesla to his neighbor's dogs--to create a mirror, inside of which every angle presents a new possibility.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781947793439
ISBN-10: 1947793438
Publisher: Tin House Books
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2019
Pages: 108
Language: English